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. the national institutes of health says former nfl linebacker junior seau had a degenerative brain disease linked to multiple head traumas when he committed suicide last spring. seau is the latest professional football player to be linked to a disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or cte. the findings could mean more trouble for the nfl, which is facing lawsuits involving some 2,000 players, claiming the nfl deliberately hid the dangers of head trauma. >> cnn has now confirmed the death of nfl superstar junior seau. >> reporter: on the second day of may last year, junior seau texted his ex-wife and children, "i love you," pointed a gun at his chest, and pulled the trigger. friends and family were left devastated, searching for answers. >> i don't understand who would do this to my son, but i pray to god, please, take me! take me. leave my son! but it's too late! >> reporter: when they learned the 20-year nfl football veteran took his own life, the primary question became, why? close friend marcus wiley spoke to espn shortly after his death. >> we were there for you, man. like,
on inequality. >>> junior seau's test results may finally push the nfl to address head injuries. we're taking a look into the findings. >>> oscar nominations were released today. but how heavy will politics weigh with the academy? >> they stay here, they will be taken. probably not alive. >> david edelstein gives us the scoop. >>> good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. another group of parents received the terrifying news today when a shooting erupted at their children's school. at the exact time vice president joe biden was meeting with groups on solutions to gun violence a gunman opened fire at a high school in bakersfield, california about 120 miles northwest of los angeles. police say a 16-year-old shooter was armed with a shotgun. at least two people were shot, including one student who was in critical condition. there is usually an armed police officer at the school. but he was not there today. the gunman was stopped by a teacher and another adult, who talked him into giving up his weapon. the shooter is in police custody. the storm of gun violence in our schools
. it is really the year of the rookie quarterback in the nfl. and two of the top three face off at fedex field on sunday. it's just the second time ever the two rookie quarterbacks have gone head to head in a playoff game. robert griffin iii has helped resurrect the redskins. and russell wilson, no longer a secret in seattle. on sunday, wilson tied peyton manning's rookie record with his 26th touchdown pass of the season. wilson's 115 passer rating in december, the highest of any quarterback in the nfl. like his rookie counterpart, rg3, wilson can run as well. for the season, griffin is the nfl's third-ranked quarterback. while will sob is right behind him at number four. >> i definitely think we have very similar qualities. you know, i think he does a great job of throwing the football and running the football. you know, both strengths of our game. i think the biggest thing is, you know, i'm trying to focus on what i can do to help our football team win. that's my focus this whole entire week. >> i did get to meet him a couple of times and talk to him. you know, great guy. but, you know, like
at least once. >>> another big weekend of nfl playoff football is starting with conference title games at stake. it starts tomorrow afternoon with baltimore visiting denver. then the packers face san francisco. and on sunday, it's seattle at atlanta, followed by the texans taking on new england. a lot going on. >> who are the giants playing? the giants will be victorious. >> rub it in, willis. got two giants' fans right here. next year, next year. >>> here's your friday forecast. mountain snow in the cascades. heavy snow from salt lake city to jackson, wyoming. freezing rain in the twin cities and duluth. thunderstorms across the south. showers from knoxville to the eastern seaboard. >> forts in the northeast. 50s from the middle of the country. 30s from seattle to boise. >>> passengers taking off from australia were caught up in what looked like a hollywood movie, but this was actually all too real. >> that's right. a few minutes into a flight yesterday morning, passengers, get this, notice a huge snake dangling from the wing of the plane. and it turned out to be a ten-foot long scrub
of one of the nfl's all time great players. junior seau took his life last may and now doctors believe 20 years of taking hit after hit to his head likely led to a brain disease called cte. next hour, dr. gupta will be back and ask if it could have led to his suicide. excitement builds as brazil is preparing to host the 2014 soccer world cup, but you heard about this today. it's not just the sport fans getting ready. the city's prostitutes are preparing, but not in the way you may be thinking. details are next. ♪ constipated? yeah. mm. some laxatives like dulcolax can cause cramps. but phillips' caplets don't. they have magnesium. for effective relief of occasional constipation. thanks. [ phillips' lady ] live the regular life. phillips'. . >>> in brazil in the city north of sao paulo, excitement is already building for the biggest event of 2014. the soccer world cup. it's not just the sports fans getting ready. no, no, no. prostitutes are brushing up on english skills, taking classes to make communicating with their english-speaking johns a tad easier. the anchor at cnn in esp anol. wh
of individuals. >> reporter: researchers have documented 50 football players stricken by cte, 35 nfl players, 6 high school players. >> chronic traumatic encephlopathy is not being seen in individuals without repetitive head injury. >> reporter: this revelation has summoned the nfl, questioning their own health. >> at times i do forget things, the sleepless nights you may have, you start to wonder are you down that path towards cte? >> reporter: the seau family noticed his change in personality in the last years of his life. from outgoing, hard charging family leader, to withdrawn loner who ended it all by shooting himself in the chest, leaving this three word on a text to his children and ex-wife. what did he say? >> just three words, i love you. >> that was the last we heard. >> reporter: none of his children play football anymore. and that's fine with their mother. >> i think it's a gamble. if you want to play the sport, know what you could be in for. >> it's not worth it for me to not have a dad. so to me, it's not worth it. >> reporter: the nfl says it will continue to finance research int
in the nfl and huh he feels about the current team? >> i'm excited. i think it is great. it's been a long time. i think they got a very good opportunity. opportunity to play the way they have been playing. >> he told fans one of his favorite memories was his first game at rfk stadium with 55,000 cheering fans. >> fans around our area gearing up for the big game sunday. pictures from viewers. showing their burgundy and gold pride. check out more pictures at nbc washington.com. we invite you to send us your pictures of your team spirit to skins fans at nbc washington.com. or you can tweet us at nbc washington. use the hash tag, skins fans. >>> we are covering stom breome breaking news, in maryland, chopper 4 over a house fire off arundel expressway. one woman pulled from the house after 10. 30. . flown from the scene. her condition is not known at this moment. we will have more on this story tomorrow morning on news 4 today. >> coming up tonight -- we'll report on what an airline passenger did that made everybody get up and tie him up, gag him, hold him down in his seat. >> outrage over a p
-14 and it was the final nfl game for head coach joe gibbs. the hope for the redskins was that with seattle on their home turf, the outcome will be different. the revved skins have not lost since november 4th. they have reeled off seven straight wins fueled by rookie running back alfred morris. the seahawks, they are hot, too, they have not suffered a lost since november 25th. they enter tomorrow's show down with a five-game running streak. players say, hey, we would choose being the hottest team, not necessarily the best. >> we have experienced it before and i have seen it happen year in and year out. that's the thing. whoever is the hottest, a lot of times,is the best team in the season we are hot right now but i that come to a screeching halt. momentum can be fleeting if we don't come out and play well and don't protect the ball. >> we want to be the hottest team. we want to be the team that's playing the best. there are teams that start best and end winning the division early, secure a playoff spot but, you know, if they have a week off or so. and especially in the last couple of years, theteams that
contained around the ends. shut down marchand lynch. fore them to slow the ball more than they want to. nfl coaches like to pass. >> i thought the key to the game was that the key that scores more points would win. >> what did i tell you about stealing my notes? >> it is a scientific fact. >> back to you. >> it was your in-depth tweets that you will be sending. hash tag, my fox dc. >> we'll be watching. >>> kevin mccarthy is here to talk about this weekend's new releases plus the big films that will make their screen debut later this year, coming up.  >>> drama about kids trying to make it in the music business opens at the box office today along with the latest installment in a grim slasher franchise. >> how are you doing today? >> good. >> happy new year to you. >> happy new year. before a lot to lock forward to. >> lots of monthies opening up. >> i saw the worst movie of the year last night. i cannot get over how bad this film. was. it is called texas chain saw massacre 3-d. >> the 2003 remake with jessica beal, this is a direct sequel to the '74 class being.
a little sports here, news from the nfl that will ratchet up the controversy for mike shanahan's decision to let robert given iii play hurt last weekend. a source says rg3 will have reconstructive surgery this morning to repair tears in his lcl and possibly his acl. he is expected to be ready for the 2013 regular season opener. yesterday dr. james andrews who was on the sideline during the game, tried to shed light on the decision to keep rg3 in the game. speaking to the "washington post," he explained coach shanahan looks at me and is, like, is he okay? i give him the high sign as in he's running around, so i guess he's okay. but i didn't check him out until after the game. it was just a communication problem. heat of battle. i didn't get to tell him that i didn't get to examine the knee. mike shanahan would have never put him out there at risk just to win a game. earlier in the week, andrews contradicted shanahan saying he had been examined. more from the nfl, rex ryan's twin brother, rob ryan, he's been fired as defensive coordinator of the cowboys. in keeping with the family tradition
. the nfl season ended badly for the washington redskins. that is the understatement of the century. their playoff loss to seattle, not even the worst of it. what happened? well, the redskins, 14 points, they scored 24 straight points to beat the redskins. 27 yard run for marchand lynch. the really bad news, i'm talking the awful, epochically tragic news. you're seeing it here, rg 3, the superstar rookie quarterback for the redskins re-injured his knee in the game. no one even touched him. there's no word on the extent of the injury. clearly not pretty. you heard it again in the first quarter. a lot of people asking why coach mike shanahan did not pull him out in the first quarter. he was completely ineffective after he started limping. so many questions today. oh, yeah, by the way, seattle won and they will play atlanta next weekend. >>> all right. the baltimore ravens are also moving on in the afc playoffs. they beat the indianapolis colts 24-9 on sunday. it was the last home game for the soon to be retired ray lewis. joe flacco threw down two touchdown passes including one to ant
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this morning we're looking ahead to the big game. we're now just seven hours away from the kickoff of the nfl playoff season. good morning and welcome to news 4 today. i'm angie goff. >> and i'm richard jordan. it is saturday, january 5th, 2013. we have two games on nbc 4 today. then, of course, tomorrow the redskins, the game that people have been waiting years for. >> we are so fired up about this. the fans, everyone. i don't even think they care about what the weather is going to be like. >> let's find out anyway. let's go outside to meteorologist chuck bell. >> good morning to both of you. good morning, everybody. i think people care a whole lot. it's just hard to tell whether dry weather favors the home team or the visitor since they're coming from a rainy place. i say the dry weather favors the redskins tomorrow. dry and cold for sure. if you're headed out to the game, you'll definitely need something to keep you warm. outside for now, what a beautiful morning here in upper northwest washington. this is the view from our tower camera, which is about 503 feet above my head looking out to
. he rose to the o >> the toyota sports desk, brought to you by your local toyota dealers. >> the nfl playoffs finally got under way tonight. the quarterback dalton failed to live off to expectations. there was an interception. . second quarter, houston. throws to the sideline. it was picked up by leon hall. that is all the good luck may get. third quarter. bunches it in from a yard out. they will face the patriots next week. good luck with that. will he play? he had an injured right elbow. did not do much of anything. he would go and dive in for the goal line. fourth quarter, aaron rodgers. does what he needs to do over the middle. packers win. no time to look back. in a step a memorable season. we have learned just how robert griffin iii isn't. -- is. he led the skins into the playoffs. the skins have not achieved all of the goals just yet. that comes in the playoffs tomorrow. what is our deep three think of this incredible season? rg3 think of this incredible season? it comes to the guys around you and the coaches. they do not make it baby steps. they threw everything at me. it has
major surgery on his right knee. highway tore the acl back in college. >>> the nfl players association the latest group to demand better turf at fedex field. the union says the field was in horrible condition before sunday's game against the seahawks. it conducts a survey each year of playing fields at nfl stadiums. it has not released its latest results, but fed next field usually -- fedex field usually ranks in the middle. that is likely to change this year. >> this is terrible. this is terrible. >> one of the seahawks' players yesterday had some strong words about the field. michael robinson compared the conditions to "working in a sweatshop." he shot this video of the field before the game. >>> 6:04. this morning a duel action for virginia lawmakers -- a call to action for virginia lawmakers. governor mcdonnell used his state of the commonwealth address to push for incentives. mcdonnell urged lawmakers to sign off on a new $3.1 billion transportation plan, including more money for the dulles metro extension, as well as an education plan that includes teacher pay raises, new teacher
, sleepless nights. bernie kosar former nfl quarterback has had them all after playing ball. now kosar says a new treatment has stopped his symptoms.  >>> as we got confirmation that junior seau did indeed suffer from the brain disease cte, another former nfl player who took multiple hits speaks with hope for his future. and we are talking about former browns quarterback bernie kosar. i hope the treatment he's getting really does work. >> yeah, so far it has given him great progress and i think that that's hope not only for bernie but for other players who might be suffering. bernie kosar, great player with the cleveland browns and a couple of other teams. 13 years in the nfl. suffered at least a dozen concussions that he knows of, and he used to keep a packet of smelling salts in his uniform in case he got dinged during a game. for the past decade he suffered from headaches and ringing in his ears, insomnia, slurred speech, but he said he's turned a corner thanks to groundbreaking medical treatment from tampa, florida, based doctor rickle stenogel. this is bernie. >> after a few wee
. >>> there's news out of the world of sports. we learned today former nfl star linebacker, junior seau, who committed suicide at the age of 43 last may had the same brain condition diagnosed in at least two former nfl players who also took their own lives. seau's family asked that his brain tissue be analyzed after his death. test results from the national institutes of health show he had a brain disease called cte, caused by repeated blows to the head. symptoms can include memory loss, aggression and depression. >>> now to a life or death struggle that has captured attention around the world. 11 whales trapped under the ice, running out of breathing room. and just as a rescue mission was ramping up, something unexpected took place. it's all happening way up in remote northern quebec. and nbc news chief environmental affairs correspondent anne thompson has our report. >> this is a scene of beauty and bewilderment. the ocean's top predators, killer whales, fighting to breathe in canada's hudson bay. this pod of orcas has become an internet and international sensation. watching whales that ca
in some places. >>> the son of former nfl star junior seau says he's not surprised that his father suffered from a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated blows to the head. he killed himself last may, two years after he retired. yesterday the national institute of health said seau's brain had abnormalities consistent with the disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy or cte. >> individuals that have been found to have cte in the past in some cases have exhibited behaviors such as impulsivity, irritability aggression memory loss, and suicidal thoughts. >> seau is the fifth former nfl player to commit suicide who was later found to have cte. >>> in baseball a change in the drug testing griemtd between the managers and the players' association. beginning next season, players will be tested for human growth hormones throughout the regular season. last year players were tested for hgh during spring training. >> to the nba now. some last-minute heroics sunk the heat in miami. lebron james snapped his 54 streak of 24 games. fourth quarter, under a minute
baltimore and washington. the nfl teams from both of those cities are on the hunt for playoff victories that will hopefully lead them to the super bowl. if you look around laurel, you will see some redskins paraphernalia on cars, but more cars in the laurel area are carrying stickers and license plates that label their drivers as fans of the baltimore ravens. >> where's your heart? >> oh, ravens. i started off as a baltimore colt fan. i never switched over to the skins. >> you're sticking with baltimore? >> oh, i stick with baltimore. when the ravens came. >> now, if it's baltimore versus washington in the super bowl? >> ravens all the way. >> reporter: but if you ask don shin, who runs pie's deli in laurel, this community in the middle is definitely redskins territory. >> yeah, i thought that my customer, redskins t-shirts, red skin hats, even glove, everything redskins. >> reporter: some locals say a slight shift in geography makes a big difference. >> the further you go up, like jessup and elk ridge. right here is redskins fans. >> reporter: because baltimore's nfl team has been a se
'm in the minority but i believe that in the nfl if a player and the coach get together and decide, you know, what we're going to do here regarding injury and keep him in the game, keep him in the game. >> he's a 22-year-old rookie. the coach has 30, 40 years experience coaching. up to the coach to say, hey, i don't think that you can play this game and putting in kurt cousins and maybe we'll win. >> this isn't the high school regionals. this is the nfl playoffs. they know their bodies. 90% of the players on that field for both are injured at this point. you play through injury. i don't have a problem with him gutting it out. he came in hurt already and they felt that he was a better option than the backup quarterback to try to win the game. did it play out that way? it didn't and ended like this. there are a lot of factors involved not the least of which is that turf coming loose under his feet. you think they have enough money to fix it. >> we don't know the extent. he'll have an mri on monday but i think it's an absolute gis grace that a nfl playoff game on a field that looks like that. dirt that'
good. they're monsters. they can beat a lot of nfl teams. >> take it easy. >> move it along. >> shut up. i get to gloat today. >> bill: igor volsky from think progress will join us as he does every tuesday. reid epstein from politico and then we'll talk sports with jack moore, the sports editor for "buzzfeed." but first -- >> this is the "full court press." >> on this tuesday, a check of other headlines making news. a new we the people petition on the white house web site gaining buzz for a new reality show to be produced that would star the vice president. the petition states that joe biden has a demonstrated ability to bring people together whether at the negotiating table or at the neighborhood diner. the authors are asking the white house to authorize c-span cameras to follow biden around produce a recurring reality show. the petition needs 25,000 signatures by february 3rd to get a response. >> bill: i love. it i'll sign it. i love it. what would it be called? the joe biden story? >> bill: all you have to do is follow joe biden around. >> here comes honey biden. >> the late preside
with freezing rain in some places. >>> the son of former nfl star junior seau says he's not surprised his father suffered from a degenerative brain disease linked to several blows to the head. he killed himself last may, two years after he retired. yesterday the national institute of health said say you's brain had consistent abnormalities consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy or cte. >> in some cases they have exhibited behaviors such as impulsivity, irritability, aggression, memory loss, and suicidal thoughts. >> saeu is the fifth former l player to have committed suicide to have found to have had cte. >>> in playoffs, beginning next season, players will be tested for human growth hormones throughout the regular season. last year players were tested for hgh during spring training. >> to the nba now. some last-minute heroics sunk the heat in miami. lebron james snapped his 54 streak. fourth quarter, under a minute to go. a three-pointer to put the trail blazers ahead. portland held on to beat miami. 92-90 is the final. >>> and an upsetting college hoops. it was arizona's first loss o
and you're done for the nfl teams that survived the regular season as the playoffs begin today with super bowl xlvii at the goal line. >>> lights camera oscars. we'll preview which films are likely to be nominated for the 85th academy awards. all this and so much more on "cbs this morning saturday," january 5th, 2013. >>> and good morning. welcome to the weekend. >> the first of the new year. >> yeah. remarkable, isn't it? here we go again. one more time around the block. we're also very excited to have visiting in studio 57 this morning best-selling author daniel pink. harvard business called him one of the top business thinkers in the world. he's going to tell you the secrets to finding true meaning in your work. >> i'm interested in what he has to tell us and what he found in the green room. >>> and also chef mike isabella. he calls this crazy good marinated rack of lamb. >> i could use crazy good. >>> first our top story, the arrest of a pilot. he had allegedly been drinking as he prepared to fly to new york on friday. michelle miller is here with th
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to you. >> shannon: thank you, brenda. wild card weekend in the nfl. your highlights or low lights depending on which team is yours next. plus, french actor gerard depardieu getting cozy with russian president vladimir puttin. what's causing this exchange next. ♪ [ male announcer ] how do you make 70,000 trades a second... ♪ reach one customer at a time? ♪ or help doctors turn billions of bytes of shared information... ♪ into a fifth anniversary of remission? ♪ whatever your business challenge, dell has the technology and services to help you solve it. >> it's january and that means nfl playoffs. in the nfc washington redskins hosting seattle. redskins were trailing by a touchdown rg 3 i should say robert griffins iii, no word how serious it is, would not return to the game and seattle's rushing offense m a very good day and seahawks win 24-14 and they will face the dolphins next week. and the afc, baltimore ravens taking care of business and the indianapolis colts, ravens receiver bolden had a big game. 145 yards receiving and a touchdown. colts rookie quarterback andre
of the youngest fans are showing off their team spirit. >>> it is a big weekend for the nfl and a big day for the terps in college park. >> plus, the wizards push brooklyn to the brink. it's all in your "sports minute." >> good morning. your "sports minute" begins with nfl playoff. the postseason does start today. first up, bengals and texans face off in the afc wild card at 4:30 p.m. while the vikings and packers match up at 8:00 p.m. in the nfc wild card. both games can be seen here on nbc 4. >>> to the hardwood, last night wizards hosting the nets. bradley biehl scores a career high 23 points, including this three to send the game to double overtime. but it's not enough. joe johnson's jumper with 0.7 seconds in the game proves to be the difference. >>> and today in college park, the 12-1 maryland terrapins open acc play against virginia tech. noon tipoff for the terps and oh hokies. have a great saturday. >>> you've been great about sending pictures of your redskins pride. we've seen everything from a class full of rg3 jerseys to somebody's pooch wearing the burgundy and gold and even
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about sports and sports injuries. in the nfl especially. remember junior seau last year who took his own life. he shot himself in the chest because he wanted his brain to be studied. the doctors looked at his brain and told the family and they report this morning that his brain did test positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy or cte repeated blows to the head and head injuries that can lead to dementia, memory loss. it is a problem that's plagued a lot of former nfl players. this is the issue that the nfl has to address when we talk about helmet to helmet blows and the sort of violent nature of the nfl. >> bill: so much evidence of this. i think dave zirin told us there are 9,000 lawsuits. phenomenal number. >> peter: one big lawsuit with several former players injuries lead -- brain injuries are leading to major problems. which leads us to this story. virginia commonwealth university did a study and looked at how we, as a nation, are doing in the health department. >> bill: this is stunning. >> peter: turns out we're not doing so great. americans die sooner and experience higher r
kaepernick and he died a nfl record with a 63-yard field goal. now he is working to keep his jobs after making the attempt this is season. wild card game is today. our coverage begins at 1:00 with the fox nfl pregame show followed by the game at 1:30. the winner of the game will face atlanta next such. >>> as for the afc, houston beat cincinnati. the texans will face the patriots and they will lead the colts against the baltimore ravens. they will face the broncos on saturday. >>> all right. 7:41. caught on video. the arrest of a teen that is sparking controversy in seattle. why critics are calling it excessive force and how the police department is defending the officers. >>> first, we will give you a live look outside. interstate 680 in sonoma. roadways are looking wet and the rain continues to fall in portions of the bay area. two hands on the wheel this morning if you are driving the corridor. time now is 74 #. you are watching "mornings on 2" -- time now is 7:42. you are watching "mornings on 2". wé . >>> good morning to you. it is foggy with lingering showers through the morning
news/espn exclusive investigation into the death of nfl great junior seau. doctors revealing their findings for the first time. and it could affect players from the big leagues to pop warner. abc's jim avila is here with the story. jim, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. a giant in the game, junior seau is now perhaps the biggest name in football, linked to brain damage for taking too many hits to the head. abc news and espn learned exclusively that, before his suicide, seau suffered damage to his very brain cells. >> junior seau! >> reporter: junior seau, an icon in the 1990s, whose passionate hits made him a dominant figure in the nfl. but, after his sudden suicide in 2012, many questioned whether the effect of those hits on the 43-year-old's brain, could have played a role. >> the head-to-head contact, the collisions, they're out of control. >> reporter: now, seau's family says it has an answer to that question from the national institutes of health. abc news and espn have learned exclusively, seau's brain showed visible signs of cte, chronic traumatic encephalopathy
now know more about this story because there is a new study that has found that former nfl linebacker junior seau suffered from traumatic brain disease because of head trauma. he killed himself last may two years after retiring as one of the best linebackers in nfl history. a team of scientists from the national institute of health analyzed his brain tissue and found this disease, and they have just released the findings this morning. that diseaves being hit over time on the football field can cause dementia, memory loss and depression. several dozen football players have been diagnosed with traumatic brain disease and it is a area of a lot of discussion right now within the nfl and this will fuel that no doubt. bill: to the town with its own way of addressing the gun debate in america. this from the city of utah. spring city lawmakers are encouraging everyone living in the town to own a gun and to take gun training. kneel sor neil sorenson first proposed the ordinance. good morning to you and welcome to "america's newsroom." >> good morning. bill: explain to our audience the motivati
weekend in the nfl. your highlights or low lights depending on which team is yours next. plus, french actor gerard depardieu getting cozy with russian president vladi puttin. what's causing this exchange next. mine was earned off vietnam in 1968. over the south pacific in 1943. i got mine in iraq, 2003. usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation. because offers a superior level of protection, and because usaa's commitment to serve the military, veterans and their families is without equal. begin your legacy, get an auto insurance quote. usaa. we know what it means to serve. >> it's january and that means nfl playoffs. in the nfc washington redskins hosting seattle. redskins were trailing by a touchdown rg 3 i should say robert griffins iii, no word how serious it is, would not return to the game and seattle's rushing offense m a very good day and seahawks win 24-14 and they will face the dolphins next week. and the afc, baltimore ravens taking care of business and the indianapolis colts, ravens receiver bolden had a big game. 145 yards receiving and a tou
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. dr. richard besser, abc news, new york. >>> and now, we turn to some sports news today. the nfl playoffs get under way tomorrow afternoon. can't wait for that. the bengals will visit the texans. as for some college football right now, we have some thursday night highlights from espn. >> good morning. i'm hakem dermish with your "sportscenter" update. number four oregon, taking on number five kansas state. the tostitos fiesta bowl. what could be coach chip kelly's final college game. opening kickoff. de'anthony thomas, fastest kid in college football. 93 yards for the touchdown. first return for a touchdown for oregon this season. ducks go for two. they get it. up 8-0 early. more ducks. marcus mariota, to kenjon barner. 24-yard touchdown here. and number four oregon, takes down kansas state, 35-17. oregon, with the second-straight bcs bowl game victory. and chip kelly, earning his third-straight 12-win season. >>> upset alert. unbeaten number three arizona, hosting colorado, in their conference opener. under a minute to play. colorado up five. jordin mayes would steal. arizona do
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